Eritrea is safer than Sderot, says Yishai, as infiltrators rounded up (ISRAEL HAYOM) Yori Yalon, Yehuda Shlezinger and Ronit Zilberstein 06/10/12)
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Population, Immigration and Border Authority arrests 55 illegal
residents • Yishai: "I can promise that the security situation in
Eritrea is much better than in Sderot" • Ministerial Committee
approves proposed law for harsher penalties against Israeli employers
of illegal residents and infiltrators.
The operation to deport illegal infiltrators was put into motion on
Sunday and Monday as the Population, Immigration and Border Authority
(PIBA) arrested dozens of illegal residents in south Tel Aviv and
Eilat. "If they stay here then we can tear up the declaration of
independence. Democracy is not a recipe for suicide," Interior
Minister Eli Yishai (Shas) told Israel Hayom on Sunday. "We must
relay a determined message with a fence, army, punishing employers
and deportation. If we don’t do take these measures, it will mean the
end of the Zionist dream," he said.
According to Yishai, Sunday´s arrests were the first step in a
process to deport all illegal infiltrators: "I´m waiting for approval
from the Foreign Ministry and Justice Ministry about the infiltrators
from Eritrea, who comprise the largest mass of infiltrators at
35,000 — and the north Sudanese, of which there are 15,000. I can
promise that the security situation in Eritrea is much better than in
Sderot. I´m not the Sudanese Welfare Minister and I´m not the Finance
Minister for Eritrea. I´m the Interior Minister for the State of
Israel and I have no other country. We must maintain the Jewish
majority. It´s them or us."
Following last week´s court ruling that there is no legal roadblock
to prevent deportation, PIBA arrested eight South Sudanese natives on
Sunday, as well as three Thais, three Nigerians, three Sri Lankans,
two natives of Ghana, two from the Ivory Coast, two Romanians, one
from Gambia and one Moldovan.
PIBA, meanwhile, announced on Sunday that there were 1,500
infiltrators in Israel from South Sudan and another 2,000 from the
Ivory Coast. According to a PIBA statement, "Any South Sudanese
citizen who wishes to leave on his own accord without being arrested
can report to Unit for Voluntary Departure within the next week and
they will receive assistance."
In response, hundreds of infiltrators and refugees from Sudan,
Eritrea and Darfur protested the first deportations on Sunday in Tel
Aviv. The protesters marched from Levinsky Park to the United
Nation´s representative´s office while chanting "We need protection"
and "We are not criminals."
Ahmed Aboudi from Darfur said "We are also scared to walk the streets
here because of the Israelis´ anger and we have no where to go back
to. We are asking for only a little consideration and understanding."
Meanwhile, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a
proposed bill on Sunday put forth by MK Ofir Akunis (Likud), which
allows for more severe punishment of Israelis who illegally employ,
provide lodging to or aid infiltrators or illegal Palestinian
residents in Israel.
According to the proposed law, the penalty for anyone who employs
infiltrators or illegal residents would be extended jail time of up
to five years, instead of the maximum two-year sentence stipulated
currently. In addition, the proposed bill allows for fines of up to
half a million shekels.
Akunis called the proposal a "very significant step on the path to
solving the infiltrator issue, which is the most burning social
problem in Israel today. The law will negate the main incentive that
infiltrators have when they come here, which is to find work. Once
there is no longer an incentive to employ infiltrators and there is
no longer an incentive for Israelis to give them lodging and rent
apartments for them, the message will be transmitted very quickly and
they will understand that there is no point in coming to Israel."
In related news, the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality on Sunday passed the
required legislation to create a local police force responsible for
maintaining security, safety and public order, to be funded by a
special tax paid by the city´s residents. As was first reported by
Israel Hayom two weeks ago, the new tax that residents will have to
pay is expected to fund a force of 150 patrolmen and 30 vehicles that
will provide around-the-clock protection throughout the city.
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